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Isn’t our choice really one of up or down? Down through statism, the welfare state, more and more government largesse, accompanied always by more government authority, less individual liberty and ultimately totalitarianism, always advanced as for our own good. The alternative is the dream conceived by our Founding Fathers, up to the ultimate in individual freedom, consistent with an orderly society. – Ronald Reagan

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The violence of the past week has shaken the nation.  Multiple shootings across the country have shocked, saddened and angered many.  But former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and author/activist Van Jones (former co-hosts of CrossFire) have released a video both discussing and demonstrating what we need to do when faced with tragedies like these.  It’s hard to imagine two men who are more different in background, belief and perspectives, but they agree that we must come together as a nation.  In the video (of a live feed), they discuss in a caring and intelligent way what we can do to build unity in our communities and in our country.  You can view the discussion via RealPolitics or via Gingrich’s Facebook page.

We’ve gone astray from first principles. We’ve lost sight of the rule that individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything that we’ve accomplished. Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. – President Ronald Reagan

Full speech available here: Audio or PDF

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Social Security will be broke in less than 20 years. Don’t believe it? The Social Security Administration does. That’s why your SS Benefits statement includes the preceding disclaimer explaining why retirees won’t get full benefits. Myra Adams of the National Review gives details.

The Obama administration has made appeasement the core of their foreign policy. They have given in to unpopular and unrealistic demands from China, Russia, Palestine and, of course, Iran. The Obama administration has turned a blind eye to illegal military aggression committed by Russia, Syria, North Korea and, of course, Iran. The President and his State department have openly declared they will sacrifice American interests to hostile governments if necessary to attain peace. This includes, of course, Iran.

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Is President Obama’s 2015 nuclear treaty with Iran as bad as the Munich Agreement of 1938? We can’t know for sure the future consequences of the new agreement. But we can compare the current militant theocratic government of Iran with the militant fascist government of Germany of the 1930s. Dennis Prager offers a short but concise comparison in The Iran Deal Appeases the Greatest Evil of Our Time. You can decide for yourself if Prager is guilty of hyperbole or accurately describing a dangerous response to a threat to world peace … again.